Absolutely. The process has improved somewhat since the early days. Reinstatement cutters are able to take more accurate measurements thanks to laser technology. Modern cutters like the Tornado are able to work efficiently with various materials, such as steel, clay, and plastic, which was a serious problem with older cutting tools. Overall, the technology has improved tremendously and it’s still every bit as needed as it was forty years ago.
The improved efficiency of the cutting tools has made pipe rehabilitation a much faster and more reliable process. In the past, pipes may have been dug out and replaced because of unreliable tools. But modern trenchless technology is now vastly superior. Preventing the use of service laterals during the curing process can be troublesome, but it’s still far less troublesome than waiting for pipes to be dug out and replaced manually.